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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Report on Restraint and Seclusion

Shaun Heasley reports at Disability Scoop:
Despite many states making policy updates in recent years, a new analysis suggests that students with disabilities continue to experience high rates of restraint and seclusion at school.
The practices were employed at similar levels during both the 2011-2012 school year and the 2009-2010 year, according to a review of federal education data conducted by researchers at the University of New Hampshire.
Between those time periods, the report indicates that about half of states revised their policies on restraint and seclusion.
The analysis found that 69 percent of school districts reported no use of restraint and 87 percent did not use seclusion, but a small percentage of districts had “exceedingly high rates.” School districts at both the high and low ends were found in nearly every state.